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If you thought there was extra tension between the women of The View during model and MTV host Jenny McCarthy’s time on the show, you were right.
In a new book, the former host described her "miserable" experience hosting the daytime talk show, and criticized fellow hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters.
McCarthy recalled her time on the show for Ramin Setoodeh, the author of a new book about the view called Ladies Who Punch, and Vulture shared an excerpt of her section on Wednesday.
"Every day I went home and I was miserable," she said. "It really was the most miserable I’ve been on a job in my 25 years of show business."
McCarthy, who hosted the show between 2013 and 2014, was especially harsh on co-host Barbara Walters, who she compared to the abusive mother from the 1981 film Mommie Dearest.
She said her first bad experience with the host happened while appearing on The View as a guest, when Walters angrily confronted her backstage about claims in her 2007 book Louder Than Words that autism could be "cured."
"I’ve never seen a woman yell like that before until I worked with Barbara Walters," she remembered. "One of my heroes chewed me a new a--hole."
Once she joined the show as a full-time host, McCarthy says Walters would nitpick her clothing choices daily.
"Barbara would check out what I was wearing," she said. "If she didn’t agree with it, or it didn’t complement her outfit, I had to change."
McCarthy even says that Walters pressured her to flush a tampon someone had left floating in a toilet in the studio’s bathroom.
"She’s standing in the hallway where the guests are, yelling at me about a tampon," she remembered. "So finally I said, 'I’ll take care of it. I’ll take one for the team and I’ll flush it.'"
The former host also had some choice words about Whoopi Goldberg, who she said has "an addiction to controlling people’s thoughts."
"People don’t understand. Whoopi can knock over anyone in a debate," she said. "Her voice is not only strong in meaning but in sound. I was able to get a point out in three words - like 'I don’t agree' - and that’s all I would be able to say. I would be stepped on or interrupted."
McCarthy also complained that the show focused too much on politics after she was promised that it would pivot to focus on entertainment - which she blamed on Walters’ lack of pop culture knowledge.
"She was spacing out. She was checking out," McCarthy said. "Now I had to figure out, 'Am I coming out as a Republican or a Democrat? Where do I stand on all the social issues and political issues?'"
Setoodeh’s book also uncovered new details about host Rosie O’Donnell’s traumatic childhood with an abusive father.
Ladies Who Punch will be released on April 2.